Abby, I was pleased to find out that the school dd1 will be attending does serve at least some special needs kids. I was researching the school (googling like mad) and came across an article about a student there who competed as a Special Olympics athlete in 2010.
We just turned in our paperwork today and I'm anxious to see what this year will hold for dd1. Fingers crossed it will go well, but if not we'll be able to go back to our great local middle school. I'm wondering what dd2 will want to do when she's middle school aged.